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Umlani Bushcamp

3.0 of 5 Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A group of us travelled to Umlani for our third visit as a group. Some of the group had been there on many more occasions. As a genuine "Bush" experience it does not get any better. No electricity, No cell phone, good food, wonderful game drives with very knowledgeable rangers. We had four nights which we agreed was just the... More 

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Schiess, Owner at Umlani Bushcamp, responded to this review

Thank you for reviewing Umlani and for coming back for a third visit . I am pleased with your appreciation of Umlani as being a genuine bush experience . Hope fully we see you for a fourth visit. best regards Marco More 

Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent 4 of the greatest nights at Umlani back in early Sept. Animals galore. We were there during the end of the dry season and saw the Big 5 in two game drives in just 2 days and then repeatedly over the subsequent 6 drives. Our driver Johnson and our tracker Ephraim were excellent at finding the game and... More 

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Thank you for the review , how's the drumming coming along haha ? I am glad you had some of the greatest nights at Umlani.We appreciate you recommending Umlani to others . best regards Marco More 

Bedford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This lodge was he first part of a three reserve trip, and my second experience of South Africa. The lodge was excellent, and I loved not having electricity for a few days, no mobile phones constantly going off!! The food was really good home cooked and wholesome. The staff and hosts were fantastic. I was fortunate to have some truly... More 

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Thank you for reviewing Umlani I am happy to read you had an awesome experience and gameviewing . all the best Marco More 

Cancun, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful family vacation at the umlani bush camp. We reserved for three nights only but had fabulous guides with Sincle and Maurice, warm welcome, by joanne the assistant manager and goodness the chef. Food was excellent and very authentic, rooms were naturally simple, clean amd had surprisngly hot water. The experience and location itself absolutely speechless as the camp is... More 

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Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor I was pleased to read that you had a beautiful family Vacation at Umlani. I am also happy that Sinhle ,Morris ,Joanna ,Goodness did us proud also thank you for expressing your appreciation for a successful family reunion it was our pleasure. You being in the hospitality industry yourself I take note and... More 

Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Spent 2 nights at the camp with family. Great experience all round. Welcoming staff who were so Attentive throughout our visit. Very comfortable bush huts with outdoor showers. No electricity, TVS or Internet made the visit even more unique. The twice daily game drives were definitely the highlight - surreal experiences managed by an excellent ranger and tracker. Food was... More 

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Thank you for the positive review on Umlani we appreciate it and I am happy to hear it was a experience of a life time. best regards Marco More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Umlani Bushcamp was one of the most amazing experiences. From the time we arrived to the time we left, the staff were so friendly, helpful and so extremely hard working. The meals were outstanding. The game drives were awesome (seeing leopard with 2 cubs was so exhilarating). All in all, a great experience and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it... More 

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thank you for reviewing Umlani on Tripadvisor we appreciate it very much I am glad you had the most amazing experience and also for recommending Umlani to fellow bush lovers. best regards Marco More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I absolutely loved my stay at Umlani. Beautiful place, more than met my expectations. I only wished I could stay longer, 2 nights is not enough! Fantastic staff. Made me feel so well taken care of and at home. Special thanks to Nanette for treating us so well and to Luan and Ephraim for the unforgettable game drives. I would... More 

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wow thank you I am glad you loved your stay and that Umlani more than met your expectations. also thank you for the mention of Nanette ,Luan and Ephriam and for recommending Umlani to anyone. Hope to see you again some time . best regards Marco More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We had a memorable safari experience at Umlani. The staff and the guides were fantastic. We saw all of the Big 5, several times over. We met some wonderful people from all over the world. Camp is basic, with no electricity, but the cabins were very comfortable and very clean. Excellent value for your money, I would recommend Umlani as... More 

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Thank you for reviewing Umlani on Tripadvisor we appreciate your recommending Umlani to other travelers and I am happy to hear that you had a memroable experience with us. Best regards Marco More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Fabulous 5 star treatment in a place where you really are one with nature. Having no electricity was wonderful for the 2 nights I stayed there for my Brother in laws 50th Birthday Bash. A small camp so a max of 20 people are allowed at one time so no overcrowding and crazy game drives. We were 18 so just... More 

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Thank you for your review on Tripadvisor , I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the birthday Riverbed dinner and also the lunches in bar area over looking the waterhole. The Team and I appreciate your recommending us highly for a first class bush experience.We look forward o your next visit . Best regards Marco More 

Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We have just returned from a weekend at Umlani celebrating my husband's 50th birthday with a few very close friends. All I can say is that it went beyond all our expectations and having staff there that went the extra mile in all departments - made our stay extra special. The sightings on the game drives were fantastic - the... More 

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Thank you for choosing Umlani to celebrate your husbands 50th .....I am pleased to hear that the team going the extra mile made it a special occasion. Also appreciate for the review and posting some really nice photo's of Umlani . Look forward to your return visit . All the best Marco More 

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Address: Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park 1380, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Kruger National Park > Timbavati Private Nature Reserve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Umlani Bushcamp 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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